Delight the kids with BBC Good Food food editor Barney’s kid-friendly chocolate mince pies. This delicious recipe combines the classic taste of mince pies with the irresistible addition of chocolate chips. The whole family will love these sweet treats, perfect for festive gatherings or as a delicious afternoon snack. With Barney’s expert guidance, little ones can also immerse themselves in the fun of baking and make their own delicious chocolate mince pies. So grab your aprons and get ready for a delicious baking adventure that will leave everyone wanting more!
- 200g minced meat
- 50g chocolate chips
- 1 egg, beaten, for glazing
- powdered sugar
- 100g piece of marzipan (optional)
- 250g pack of cold butter, diced
- 400g flour, plus some flour for dusting
- ½ tsp spice mixture
- 150g golden powdered sugar
- Make a chocolate and minced meat mixture.
- Have your kids weigh out the minced meat in a bowl and mix in the chocolate chips (if a few are eaten, don’t worry, it’s Christmas!). Put aside.
- Rub butter and flour together.
- For the dough, put butter, flour and spices in a bowl.
- Let it rub together until you get a creamy consistency.
- Add the sugar and squid to make a batter – don’t be tempted to add liquid.
- Place the dough on a floured surface and knead.
- Start counting and start baking the cakes.
- Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6.
- Halve the dough (discuss with your child how to make one half into two, etc.) and have them roll the half into 12 balls – another opportunity to count.
- Have them carefully push the balls into the holes of the can so that they come up the sides with a little overlap.
- Fill the cakes.
- Add the filling to the pies – make sure the filling is as clean as possible so no liquid gets around the edges.
- Top the cakes.
- Make 12 more balls (count again) and flatten them (remember the Pat-a-Cake song) so that they are large enough to cover the cakes.
- Place on top and press the edges together.
- You don’t have to worry about them being sealed or too tidy.
- Brush with egg and bake.
- Brush the cake surfaces with egg.
- Place the tray in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
- Make them neat and tidy.
- If you want beautiful cakes, you can trim the edges with a 7cm round cookie cutter.
- This is easiest to do while the cakes are still warm.
- Cut out some letters.
- For even more learning fun, you can now dust the work surface with powdered sugar, flatten out some marzipan and use a letter cutter to create letters of your choice.
- Brush the letters with a drop of water and gently press them onto the cakes.
- Make a blizzard.
- Allow to cool a little, then carefully remove the pies from the mold.
- Put some powdered sugar in a fine sieve and dust the cakes with snow.
- Eat immediately, share with neighbors and friends, or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Equipment and tools
Here are the equipment and tools you need to make Chocolate Chip Mince Pies:
- rolling pin
- Cake Tin
- Pastry brush
Please note the following allergen information for Chocolate Chip Mince Pies:
- This recipe contains pure flour wheat.
- This recipe may contain traces of nuts as marzipan is optional.
Storage and leftovers
Here are some guidelines for storing and handling leftover chocolate chip mince pies:
- Once cooled, store the mince pies in an airtight container at room temperature.
- They last up to 3 days.
- If necessary, sprinkle icing sugar over the mince pies before serving.
- Leftover mince pies can be reheated in the oven for a few minutes or served cold.
Health Benefits of Chocolate Chip Mince Pies
Health Benefits of Chocolate Chip Mince Pies
When we think of mince pies, we often associate them with Christmas and indulgence. However, did you know that chocolate chip mince pies can have surprising health benefits when consumed in moderation?
Mince pies typically consist of a sweet dried fruit filling (minced meat) and are covered in a delicious pastry crust. Adding chocolate chips to the traditional recipe adds an extra layer of flavor and makes these treats even more irresistible.
1. Rich in antioxidants
Chocolate chips, especially dark chocolate chips, contain high levels of antioxidants. These powerful compounds help protect our cells from harmful free radicals and oxidative stress. Eating foods rich in antioxidants, such as chocolate chips, can contribute to overall health and well-being.
2. Boosts mood
Chocolate is often associated with happiness and enjoyment. It contains several compounds, including theobromine and phenylethylamine, which are associated with improving mood and promoting feelings of pleasure. So enjoying a chocolate chip mince pie can be a delicious and mood-enhancing experience.
3. Energy source
Mince pies are usually made with ingredients such as butter, flour and sugar. Although these components should be consumed in moderation, they provide a source of energy. The carbohydrates from the dough crust and the sugar in the filling can provide a quick boost of energy when needed.
4. Nutrient rich
The minced meat filling of these pies contains dried fruits such as raisins, currants and sultanas, which are full of vitamins and minerals. These fruits contain important nutrients such as potassium, iron and fiber, which are essential for a healthy diet.
5. Supports digestive health
Fiber is crucial for digestive health, and the dried fruits and flour used in Chocolate Chip Mince Pies are excellent sources of this essential nutrient. Eating foods rich in fiber can promote regular bowel movements and prevent constipation.
While these health benefits are notable, it’s important to remember that chocolate chip mince pies are still treats that should be enjoyed in moderation. Consuming too much sugar and saturated fat can have negative effects on our health. It is therefore advisable to enjoy these delicious treats as part of a balanced diet.